ADB approves $270 million for urban services improvement in Madhya Pradesh – ET RealEstate

MANILA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 270 million dollar (about Rs 1,988 crore) loan for the construction of water supply and integrated storm water and sewage management infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh.

The loan is an additional financing intended to scale up the scope of the Madhya Pradesh urban services improvement project which was approved in 2017 with a 275 million dollar loan.

It will expand the outcome of the current project by benefiting an additional 1.85 lakh households consisting of about 13 lakh people.

The project will receive support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, specifically for the integration of citywide inclusive sanitation principles into the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the sanitation sub-projects.

“ADB’s support is aligned with the vision of Madhya Pradesh state government to improve urban infrastructure services with universal coverage of piped water supply in all urban local bodies by 2025,” said Laxmi Sharma, ADB’s Urban Development Specialist for South Asia.

“Through inclusive water and sanitation services to the urban poor, the project will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 or access to clean water and sanitation for all,” she said in a statement on Friday.

As in the previous loan, the project will support the continued institutional strengthening and capacity building of the Urban Development and Housing Department and Madhya Pradesh Urban Development Company Ltd.

The project will pilot an integrated urban development approach to improve urban service delivery and infrastructure of two urban local bodies.

ADB’s technical support will provide a significant model that can be used to replicate and scale up the enhancement of urban livability in other localities.



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Madhya Pradesh to get tenancy act to regulate home rentals – ET RealEstate

BHOPAL: In a bid to regularise home renting, the Madhya Pradesh government is bringing about a Model Tenancy Act (MTA).

Like other urbanised states, MP will also have rent tribunals and courts where landlords and tenants can settle disputes, and advance payment will have a fixed formula.

The government has sought suggestions from stakeholders on the draft bill by October 31.

As per the draft, “After commencement of MTA, no premises will be rented except by an agreement in writing on mutually agreed terms.”

The agreement will be binding on successors of the landlord and the tenant for the remaining period of the tenancy.

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Speed of building PMAY houses improved during pandemic: Prime Minister – ET RealEstate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Reuters Photo)

BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the average time of building a house under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY-Gramin) came down to 45 to 60 days during the pandemic from 125 days as migrants, who returned home during the lockdown, also contributed towards it.

He said under the PMAY, 18 lakh houses have been constructed in the country during the coronavirus period.

Modi also called for the need to strengthen the poor in order to end poverty.

He was speaking at the virtual housewarming ceremony of 1.75 houses built in rural parts of Madhya Pradesh under the PMAY scheme.

“The speed with which these houses were constructed is a record. The construction of a house under the PMAY used to take an average of 125 days earlier. But in the coronavirus period, the average time taken for it came down to 45 to 60 days. This is an example of turning a crisis into an opportunity,” he said.

“This has become possible as the migrants who returned home during the coronavirus-induced lockdown also joined the work and availed benefits of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, under which Rs 23,000 crore have been spent on infrastructure and other works,” he said.

The migrants returned home, got employment under this campaign and this expenditure also helped the construction- related businesses, he added.

“This campaign has helped the rural economy,” he said.

On the occasion, the prime minister interacted with some of the beneficiaries of the project.

While interacting with Pyarelal Yadav from Singrauli, Modi said, “For removing poverty, it is important to strengthen the poor and this scheme has developed self- confidence in them so that they can sleep peacefully in their house at the end of the day after toiling hard.”

Son of Gulab Singh from Dhar district’s Amjhera village told Modi that he constructed his house with the collective efforts of his villagers, who contributed voluntarily for it.

The masons and laboureres, who were rendered jobless due to lockdown, worked for them free of cost, he said.

When Narendra Namdeo of Bhitarwar in Gwalior district praised the PM for his government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and triple talaq, Modi asked him in a lighter vein whether he was planning to contest elections considering his knowledge about several issues.

Namdeo’s wife thanked Modi for providing a house, a gas connection and a toilet to them and invited him to visit their home, which Modi accepted.



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Madhya Pradesh transfers Rs 102 crore to 68,000 PMAY beneficiaries – ET RealEstate

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that Rs 102 crore were being transferred to 68,000 beneficiaries under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna (PMAY).

In a virtual meeting with beneficiaries, the CM observed that the lives of the poor in the state was improving.

“We are transferring Rs 102 crore in the accounts of 68,000 beneficiaries of the state under the PMAY. This is the fourth instalment under the Yojna. You all can organise Grah Pravesh puja on September 12 at 11 am and also listen to PM Modi. Congratulations to all. We will again meet on the same day,” he said.

He also interacted with some of the beneficiaries and asked if the construction of their homes was complete.

He also lauded the role of state Rural Development in the implementation of MNREGA.

“This government is working for the poor and also changing their lives,” Chouhan said.

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